Lamar Odom is back!
Great to see Lamar driving down the lane and finishing on breaks again for the Lakers. Soon it will be time that we can really judge these Lakers. Hosting Minnesota at Staples Center, the Lakers executed well on offense.
The Lakers had 28 assists as a team, behind 16 from our starting backcourt. The pick-and-roll was executed to perfection. It looked like Chris Paul to Peja! The Lakers also had 3 players with double-doubles (Bynum, Lamar, Mihm). It was pretty much a great game overall and a fun one to watch. The Lakers had many nice plays, but the T-Wolves hung in there for most of the game.
The Lakers defense held them to 39% FGs. One thing I would like to see the Lakers decrease is their turnovers of 18. Now, the bests of the night, and once again—this will be a tough choice:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Kobe Bryant did it again. 30 points on 19 shots, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals. I guess the only thing you can say about Kobe is he turned the ball over too much.
2) Lamar Odom had a big impact for this Laker team. When he checked out of the ball game, the Lakers struggled a bit. When he returned, it seemed all was well as the Lakers broke it open. 18 points, and 10 boards—get used to those numbers.
3) Andrew Bynum gets on my top 3 so much that I am going to let Chris Mihm make it. Mihm recorded a double-double and added 2 blocks. He finally looked like a starting center. Hope he can keep it up, because Bynum is looking better and better every game!
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Cook was able to avoid his fourth consecutive STD. Why? Because he did not play. Instead, Luke gets the honors with his 1-6 shooting and 6 turnovers. I think ouch is the right word.
Key play of the game: Farmar’s wrap around pass to Bynum for the dunk. I feel like I have said this play several times, but it looks great every time they do it! What to look for next game: Look for a loss most likely. The Spurs are for real and are always tough at home. But we did win there last year, can we do it again? Also, look for another DNP for Cook?
Game is Tues. night @ 5:30 PM.